Harris County Judge Ed Emmett told Sports Radio 610 this morning that the Astrodome would be renovated or demolished by Super Bowl L1.
I was brought up going to the Astrodome...Saw Nolan pitch there, saw the Love Ya Blue days with Earl, saw George Strait's first rodeo performance there......but it needs to go. I honestly wish they would tear it down, and build a nice amphitheater like the Woodlands with a park setting.
They have said they won't put a hotel there, because they don't want to lose anymore parking. The amphitheater/park though could be used for big events like the Super Bowl, and also on game days for Texans, etc.
No link or stats, but a caller this morning to the NFL channel on Sirius said that Houston is on the hook for like 40 mill regarding the Astrodome. I'n not sure what he was referencing. Do they still owe a mortgage on it or something?
alajones LSU Fan Hell Member since Oct 2005 23348 posts
re: Astrodome to be demolished or renovated(Posted by alajones on 5/22/13 at 11:15 am to guedeaux)
quote: I think they still owe construction costs if I remember correctly.
So they are going to demolish a building they still owe money on? Do they have enough Houston events to make it a cheaper alternative to Reliant...like rodeos, Monster trucks, motorcross, concerts, and stuff like that?
Tiger Ryno USA Fan #WoF Member since Feb 2007 67426 posts
re: Astrodome to be demolished or renovated(Posted by Tiger Ryno on 5/22/13 at 11:20 am to Hulk Hogan)
The dome is in sad sad shape. Nostalgia is one thing, but its just a dilapidated relic of times gone by now. its out of place in Reliant Center . I hope they do make use of the space and somehow pay homage to the history of the "8th wonder of the world" and make an amphitheater/park area there rather than make room for more parking.
I have lots of nostalgia fore the Astrodome but if they were able to tear down Yankee Stadium.....then perhaps the Astrodome would be better off that way.
Not long ago I found an awesome video that someone got with their camcorder of the last regular season game. He bounced around to all different parts of the stadium and was great to see all the old views. Glad I got to see the legendary scoreboard in action.